School Evacuation Takes Place After Construction Fire

by | Sep 19, 2019

Fire Breaks Out, Evacuation Initiated at Amy Beverland Elementary 

A fire recently broke out in the roof of an Indianapolis elementary school. The incident led to the evacuation of over 700 students at Amy Beverland Elementary around 8 A.M. Friday morning. All occupants evacuated safely and there were no reported injuries.

According to district communications director Dana Altemeyer, the fire was started during school renovations. Local Fire Chief Rita Reith announced the fire stemmed from a construction torch and combustibles.

“Construction workers told firefighters they were working on rafters – using a torch to cut bolts which then heated nearby combustibles resulting in smoldering and subsequent flames” Reith stated.

Two teachers were examined for potential smoke inhalation but were not taken to the hospital. Students who were not picked up by their parents were bused to Lawrence Northern High School for the remainder of the school day. No one was allowed back in the building that day. According to the Indianapolis Star, the construction taking place was a part of a $7 million expansion and renovation project.

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Students evacuated, classes canceled at Amy Beverland Elementary after fire in roof (Indianapolis Star)

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